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one of the most turbulent days of donald trump's presidency — the pressure intensifies as two former members of his inner circle face jail over fraud. the president reacts defiantly after his former lawyer michael cohen claimed he'd told him to break us campaign laws during the 2016 election. michael cohen has pleaded guilty to charges including paying hush money to women who say they had affairs with mr trump. but the president insists campaign funds weren't used. they weren't taken out of campaign finance. that's a big thing. that's a much bigger thing. did they come out of the campaign? they didn't come out of the campaign. they came from me. we'll have the latest from washington and find out what the president's supporters make of these latest allegations. also tonight... the home office apologises to more than 1,000 children of eu nationals who've lived here all their lives — after they were told their passports couldn't be renewed. police uncover a suspected gun—making factory in east sussex. in desperate need of more radiologists — a warning that a shortage of doctors to interpret medical scans means the vital service could collapse.
and blink and you'll miss it — india bowl out england injust ten minutes on one of the shortest days‘ play in test cricket history. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news... kare adenegan sets a new championship record — beating her team—mate hannah cockroft to claim gold in the t34100m. good evening. president trump has hit back at claims that he ordered his former personal laywer michael cohen to break us campaign laws during the 2016 election. michael cohen pleaded guilty yesterday to charges which include
paying hush money to women who claim they had affairs with mr trump, saying it was trump who directed him to pay them. but donald trump has accused his former lawyer of making up stories to get a more lenient sentence and he insisted that campaign finance rules had not been broken. 0ur north america editor, jon sopel, reports. like an episode of 2a, a blockbuster drama played out in the most momentous five minutes that could shape this tumultuous presidency. at a courthouse in new york, donald trump's long term lawyer and mr fixit, michael cohen, pleads guilty toa fixit, michael cohen, pleads guilty to a series of crimes and implicates the president. 200 miles south in another federal courtroom, the president. 200 miles south in anotherfederal courtroom, donald trump's one—time campaign manager paul manafort is found guilty of a series of tax fraud charges. in washington itself, the president is being swept out of the white house to fly to west virginia rocks by the unfolding events. paul manafort, who ran donald trump's campaign in the run—up to the election, faces a lengthy jail sentence.
run—up to the election, faces a lengthyjail sentence. but no doubt the big deal is michael cohen, because of what he said in court. under oath, he said in effect that the president instructed him to breakfederal law the president instructed him to break federal law in buying the silence of a porn star and playboy model. what you did was, he worked to pay money to silence two women who had information that he believed would be detrimental to the 2016 campaign and to the candidate and the campaign. michael cohen's lawyer is making clear he has more to say on other issues. he had matters that would be of interest to the special counsel, relating to pre—knowledge of computer hacking by donald trump which, if true, if true, would constitute knowledge of a crime committed by a foreign government in hacking computers, which was part of the indictment of 12 russians that the indictment of 12 russians that the special counsel has already published. when donald trump arrived in west virginia, he didn't talk
about mr cohen, only his former campaign manager. about mr cohen, only his former campaign managerlj about mr cohen, only his former campaign manager. i feel sorry for paul manafort. he worked for bob dole, ronald reagan and many people. and this is the way it ends up. at the rally, there were familiar chants, which seemed a little ironic, given the circumstances. drain the swamp, they chanted. and this from the president. fake news and the russian witch—hunt. we got a whole big combination. where is the collusion? you know, they are still looking for collusion. where is the collusion? find some collusion. and today the president disputed cohen's claimed that he was directed to make the payment to stormy daniels. did you know about the payments? letter oi'i you know about the payments? letter on my you know about the payments? letter on my new, you know about the payments? letter on my new, but you have to understand, ainslie. —— later on i knew. but there were not taken out of campaign finance. they didn't
come out of the campaign, they came from me. but that in itself is a different version of events from what he told reporters on air force 0ne what he told reporters on air force one in april. what you know about the $130,000 payment to stormy daniels —— did you know about it? no. you would have to ask michael cohen. he is my attorney and you would have to ask him. and at the white house briefing, a weary looking tserah standards was left to repeat the same line again and again —— sarah sanders. repeat the same line again and again -- sarah sanders. as the president has said many times, the president did nothing wrong. there are no charges against him. there is no pollution. this has been donald trump's darkest 2a hours —— there is no collusion. the most serious allegations have been made and his legal difficulties have multiplied. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. the past 2a hours have been among the most dramatic of the trump presidency as pressure intensifies
on him from many sides. but what impact is it all having on his core supporters? 0ur correspondent nick bryant has been to the republican stronghold of staten island in new york to assess the impact of these latest allegations. across the waters from lower manhattan, the trump stronghold of staten island, the only borough of new york to vote for the hometown presidential candidate. from here, you can almost see the court complex where michael cohen made the explosive claim that donald trump directed him to commit a crime. you know, he is what this country needed at this time. local businessman steve believes donald trump is making america great again, and yesterday's bombshell allegations don't trouble him. yesterday, donald trump's personal lawyer stood up in court and implicated the president and said, he told me to break the law. that doesn't worry you? no. the people that hate him are going to use it and that's all you're going to hear for the next six months until the elections. that's all you're going to hear. the people that like what he's
doing, whether or not they like him as a human being, couldn't care less. 0n the beaches of staten island, what is widely viewed by donald trump's critics as the darkest day of his presidency cast few shadows. i think he's great. he's doing wonderful for the country and for the world. i can't find anything wrong with him. yesterday, his lawyer said that he told him to break the law. does that worry you? no, not really. they all break the law, you know? millions of people break the law here. but he is the president of the united states. well, he's human too. but in these affluent lace cu rtained suburbs, we also found lifelong republicans who believe that donald trump is bringing shame on their party and shame on their country. donald trump is a con artist. he's running the country for himself. he doesn't understand that he is there to serve the people, to serve the american people. you're republican. yes. but you reject him? of course i reject him.
donald trump once claimed he could shoot somebody on fifth avenue and his supporters would still vote for him. an extravagant boast, maybe, but one that speaks of his unshakeable belief in the unwavering devotion of his loyalists. nick bryant, bbc news, staten island. 0ur north america editor, jon sopel, is at the white house. so the president has hit back defiantly, the white house insists he has done nothing wrong but the question is, has donald trump broken the law? well, if it is, as michael cohen swore on oath yesterday, that he was directed to infringe campaign finance laws, then donald trump has broken the law. you have the white house today hitting back, saying there was no breach of the law. the white house problem, though, is that there have been three different accou nts there have been three different accounts from donald trump. there is accounts from donald trump. there is a tape that michael cohen released seeming to suggest that michael cohen knew about it from the beginning. then there is the interview he has given this
afternoon in which he seems to say, i knew about it, but later on. then there is what he said on air force 0ne there is what he said on air force one where he said he knew nothing about it at all. i was at the briefing that sarah sanders gave and i have got to say that the white house look exhausted by the events of the last 2a hours. a president can't be charged like an ordinary citizen can. there is immunity, but there is a thing called impeachment. in other words, congress would take over voting on whether the president can stay in office or not. the trouble is, no president has ever been forcibly removed from office by that process. they have been wounded, but never killed. the danger is that if democrats do well in the mid—term elections in november, they might have the votes to get the first stage of impeachment done, but not the second. and that might galvanise the republican base and although they might damage donald trump in the short term, they could end up guaranteeing that he wins again in 2020. so the democrats have to think very carefully about how they proceed now with a wounded donald
trump. our north american editor, jon sopel. thank you. the home office has apologised tonight to the children of eu nationals — who were born in the uk and have lived here all their lives — after they were suddenly told they could not renew their passports. more than a thousand have been affected. their parents were told that their children who were born between 2008 and 2014 didn't have the right paperwork to prove they could legally live here. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has this exclusive report. 0livier was born in britain eight years ago to polish parents. from the age of three, he had a british passport. but when his father applied to renew that passport injanuary, he was told there was a problem. and for seven months, he's been waiting. the passport still hasn't been renewed. for now, at least, he appears to have lost his british citizenship. in letters sent to his father, the problem seems to be that the passport 0ffice made an error and didn't ask for the right paperwork the first time round. for 0livier to qualify for a passport, his father needed to have been on something called
the worker registration scheme, which was set up in 2004 for people from eastern european countries joining the eu. in fact, his father was on the scheme and says he has sent in the paperwork. but still, 0livier is waiting for his passport. they want to make us not welcome here any more. and a very sad thing is, i do not feel that from english people, the neighbours and the community where we live — i feel that message from the government. and that is very sad. since 1983, children born in britain haven't automatically qualified for uk citizenship. they need to have a british parent, or parents with an unrestricted right to live in britain. for eastern europeans, that meant for a while that they had to be on the worker registration scheme. i'm just walking down the beach because i'm going home. they are not the only family caught in this bureaucratic nightmare. six—year—old susannah is currently on holiday in poland
on a polish passport. she used to have a british one, now expired. her brothers still have theirs, but when her mother tried to renew her passport last year, she was told there was a gap in the paperwork and it couldn't be renewed. it looks like they took my daughter's british nationality. it looks like she is... i don't know, a terrorist or someone, because they took her british nationality. the home office said it was trying to help the more than 1,000 children caught up in the problem. a spokesman said... but susannah‘s mother anja has given up on britain and is packing up — she has decided to take herfamily back to poland. daniel sandford is at
the home office for us now. what more has the home office said about this? the home office has acknowledged the scale of the problem. they have apologised to the children and pa rents apologised to the children and parents involved. they say the 1000 01’ so cases parents involved. they say the 1000 or so cases that have been affected and gota or so cases that have been affected and got a special unit now within the passport service which is dealing with their cases. they have found a workaround which is essentially for these children to register as uk citizens and then ask again for register as uk citizens and then ask againfora register as uk citizens and then ask again for a passport, and that should work. the trouble is that this process seems to be taking a very long time. in one of the exa m ples we very long time. in one of the examples we have been speaking to who have been wrestling with this bureaucracy, it took eight months and they still haven't got the passport. the people who got caught up passport. the people who got caught up in this field this is all part of the change in atmosphere that they perceive as the home office that started with theresa may's hostile environment on immigration, as she put it. they feel this is similar to
the windrush case where pensioners who had lived in britain since the 50s were suddenly being told they weren't british citizens. they say that in this case, it is primary school children who have lived here all their lives. i should say that the home office vehemently denies that this case has anything to do with this new compliance environment, as they prefer to call it. they say it is just one of those u nfortu nate it. they say it is just one of those unfortunate pieces of bureaucracy. there was an original error in the guidance given to officials. they have corrected that and they have 110w have corrected that and they have now got this workaround. daniel sandford, thank you. a suspected illegal gun factory has been uncovered on an industrial estate in east sussex. components for around 30 guns were found in a warehouse in hailsham. three men have been charged with firearms offences. 0ur correspondent matt cole sent this report. it doesn't look like much, but the national crime agency says this was a highly sophisticated illegal gun—making factory. officers say they found machines, ammunition and enough components to make at least 30 handguns. it also appeared the weapons were being made from blueprints — something said to be unusual in operations like this. the national crime agency said
it was carrying out an ongoing operation when loud bangs were heard inside the unit — what sounded like gunfire. armed officers were sent in and encountered three men who were all arrested — though not before one was targeted with a taser. it's claimed the three men had between them two handguns and some ammunition. all three have now been charged with firearms offences. three days of forensic examinations have now taken place here and other properties have been searched, too. but the national crime agency believes what it has discovered here is significant. our investigation into what was happening here continues. what i will say is that we believe we have disrupted a group involved in the criminal production of firearms and, as a result, we have prevented a potentially large quantity of weapons from getting into the hands of criminals and being used in violence on our streets. of the men who've been arrested, two — aged 29 and 63 — have been
charged with possessing a firearm. the third man, who's 30, is accused of the same offence but is additionally charged with possessing ammunition. matt cole, bbc news, hailsham. detectives investigating the death of a woman from cambridgeshire have arrested a man on suspicion of murder. diane stewart died in 2010. at the time epilepsy was given as the cause of death. she was the wife of iain stewart who was jailed for the murder of author helen bailey. if more doctors aren't trained as radiologists — the experts who use medical imaging to diagnose and sometimes treat diseases within the body — then the whole service could collapse. that's the warning from the royal college of radiologists, which says a shortage of staff has led to growing delays for patients across the uk. and they say it could mean late hospital diagnoses and delayed scan results for some patients. 0ur health editor, hugh pym, reports. it's a vital part of the work of the nhs —
scans to diagnose and check for a range of different conditions. but now there are warnings there are not enough experts to analyse them and patient care is being affected because of delays. carol is worried about her mother, maria, who is in constant pain because of swollen feet and ankles. 0ver six months, there have been a series of delays with scans and follow—up appointments, and it's still not clear what's causing the problem. you just can't get through to people. it's answerphones. you're just banging your head against a brick wall most of the time. i just want to see some light at the end of the tunnel, really, get her some treatment, and hopefully give her a bit more quality of life. last week, some patients in the north of scotland, like louise, were told they might have to travel further for specialist radiology because of the shortage of experienced staff. she has cancer and is at risk of infections and sepsis. she is worried that urgent care
may be harder to get. it's terrifying. it's terrifying as a patient to think that on the occasion where there'll be another infection, i don't know where to go. it estimated the workload reading scans has gone up 30% over five years, but the number of consultants in england is only up 15%. in scotland, wales and northern ireland, there's been no increase at all. the nhs around the uk now has to spend £116 million a year on overtime or outsourcing of the work — double what it was five years before. leading members of the medical profession now say that a shortage of senior radiologists capable of interpreting the most complex scans and carrying out important procedures is causing delays for patients. delays which they say are unacceptable. i can't overestimate how worrying it is, in that i do really feel that the entire service
will collapse if something isn't done about training more radiologists in the uk to fill the vacant consultant posts. both the scottish government and the department of health and social care covering england said more specialist radiology training places were being created. leaders in the field are yet to be convinced enough has been done. hugh pym, bbc news. a strong earthquake has struck the northern coast of venezuela, the latin american country that is already reeling under the effects of an unfolding economic crisis. the introduction of a new currency two days ago has failed to curb massive inflation caused by years of financial mismanagement. venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world, but that hasn't stopped more than two million venezualans fleeing to neighbouring countries since 2015 — that's 7% of the population. many have crossed into colombia over the simon bolivar international bridge, which straddles the border in the eastern andes.
from there, our correspondent katy watson reports. the sun hasn't yet risen, but rush hour has begun. this bridge has become a lifeline to buy food, get medical treatment or to escape once and for all. isabel says the economic crisis has taken its toll. she and her family are heading to colombia's capital bogota to find work. translation: we are leaving a lot of things behind. you lose everything you ever worked for. we have to start from scratch. for many, venezuela's become unliveable. erica is just 17 and a single mother of three. translation: when my baby was born, the hospital had no needles, nothing. hospitals are contaminated, too. when i gave birth, i wanted to leave so badly, because all i saw was children and adults dying. it was terrible.
amid severe food shortages, long queues like this have become the norm in venezuela. but even then, people are going hungry. businesses have shut, the economy is in crisis. so this week, president maduro announced sweeping changes to the currency in a bid to turn things around. mr maduro talks about having come up with a magicalformula — knocking five zeros off the currency, increasing the minimum wage by 3,000%. but speaking to people here, theyjust don't buy it and worry their lives are going to get far more difficult. an estimated 1 million children are unvaccinated in venezuela. colombia has set up a health centre at the end of the bridge to offer jabs to those who need them. this woman travelled from caracas to get here... 12 hours by bus with five—month—old juan carlos. translation: it's so hard. there is no medicine, milk, nappies, anything. i have to suffer to get the things i need. for cecilia, escaping venezuela
means leaving everything behind — including her locks. the hair—extension trade is doing well off cash—strapped venezuela ns. the £13 cecilia gets will pay for her bus fare to the other side of colombia. translation: the government says everything is fine, but it isn't. even with this new currency, it's the same old thing. the president removed a few zeros, but that's it. today, like every other day, thousands more venezuela ns start their journey across south america. they have a long way to go to find a better future. many look exhausted already. katie watson, bbc news, on the colombia—venezuelan border. a coroner has concluded that a hospital in cornwall contributed to the death of a disabled woman after failing to carry out basic medical checks. katy lowry died of a heart attack two years ago shortly after being admitted to the royal cornwall hospital in truro.
the hospital apologised to katy‘s family and said the circumstances which led to her death should not have happened. ryanair has apologised after some passengers were unable to cash cheques received for cancelled and delayed flights. nearly 200 passengers were sent cheques that hadn't been signed. some customers said they had been charged extra banking fees after the cheques bounced. ryanair blamed the problem on an administrative error. tomorrow, the perilous financial state of many councils face across england is expected to be laid bare when the latest figures are released. one of the biggest problems for many local authorities is the cost of looking after children and vulnerable adults because of unprecedented demand. tom barton reports from 0ldham. in the past 15 years, paul and susannah have looked after 49 children. many of them newborn babies. at the moment, they are
providing a home to this four—month—old boy. but recently they've found the emotional cost of they've found the emotional cost of the work has grown. the last two yea rs has the work has grown. the last two years has been incredibly busy. it's one in, one out, basically. there's been no time in between children going to actually process, grieve them in essence, really, because obviously you get really attached to the children you were looking after. as 0ldham the children you were looking after. as 0ld ham council's the children you were looking after. as 0ldham council's children's services department, they are trying to cope with that increase in demand. the number of children in ca re demand. the number of children in care is growing rapidly and putting pressure on budgets. last year, they spent 25% more than they had planned. the first we hear from a child that in need and need attention from our social workers is when they present, so it is difficult to plan for. we make estimations and allocate money in the budget but it is a movable feast through the year and often we find ourselves having to put more money in and adapt in the way we provide
services. across england in 2012 to 2013. council spent £98 million more than they planned two on children's services. every year this overspend has increased with the most recent figures showing £642 million in 2016 - 2017. if figures showing £642 million in 2016 — 2017. if you factor in care for vulnerable adults, the total overspend for social services was £1.2 billion. all at a time when council incomes have been falling. this matters because councils are required by law to balance their budgets every year and that means that every pound extra that is spent on looking at a vulnerable people is money that cannot be spent on delivering other services. here in 0ldham, they delivering other services. here in 0ld ham, they now delivering other services. here in 0ldham, they now collect the bins only once every three weeks and over the last couple of years have had to ta ke the last couple of years have had to take millions of pounds out of their savings. experts warn of this issue could mean some councils' very
viability is at risk. if we continue to seek the rate of overspend we are currently seeing in children's services, in adult social services, we will see councils going bust. it is not sustainable. 0ver we will see councils going bust. it is not sustainable. over the long term we cannot sustain that overspend, councils willjust run out of money. councils will of course always prioritised vulnerable children like those susannah and paul look after. but if nothing changes soon they may be able to do little else. england bowed to the inevitable today and lost the third test against india by 203 — on one of the shortest days' play in test cricket history. it took just ten minutes for the tourists to take their final wicket. the score in the series now 2—1 to england, with two tests to go. patrick gearey has the details. roll up, roll up for a day at the test — even if it is a short one. at least it's free! nottinghamshire county cricket club reversing a decision to charge £10 for a ticket — even though play might only last one ball —
after significant criticism on social media. we got our original policy wrong, frankly. it felt right last october to put these tickets on sale. it didn't sit with us too well this morning, hence the reason for the change. they'll take a financial hit but the aim is to ensure there are witnesses to the final moments of this test. i think it's excellent — it's the school holidays, we may get some young children in which would be absolutely fantastic. it's a brilliant idea, yeah. especially when there's only one wicket to go, so... i don't think it'll be lasting that long. this man, adil rashid, took it into a fifth day, blocking out yesterday evening alongside last manjimmy anderson. well, india might have been planning to have been celebrating last night — instead, they're back here today with one job left to do. 0ne wicket to go to get right back in this series. best get to your seats early, though. though a day of test cricket has never lasted just a single delivery — jimmy anderson avoided that bit of history — but anderson has a batting average of less than ten. this time he got to 11 before
the inevitable happened. all done, the series 2—1 and it had taken ten minutes. blink and you'll miss it — cricket. patrick gearey, bbc news, at trent bridge. the controversial issue of gay conversion therapy is the subject of a new film that's already receiving critical acclaim. it's called the miseducation of cameron post, and stars chloe grace moretz. she plays a gay teenager sent away to a christian camp that uses prayer and therapy to try to change her sexuality. it's a subject that hit home for the actress herself — her two brothers went through a similar experience. she's been speaking to our correspondent chi chi izundu. rick is such an inspiration. you know, he used to struggle with same—sex attractions. really? yeah. legal in 41 states, conversion therapy is the practice of trying to change someone's sexual orientation from homo or bisexual to heterosexual, using psychological and often spiritual interventions. and being brought up in a strict baptist town
with two gay brothers, the making of the miseducation of cameron post was very personal for chloe grace moretz. they dealt with a lot of self hate when they came out and they tried to — which is very common within the community that we grew up in — pray the gay away. and in your town that you grew up in you actually knew of people that went through gay conversion therapy. yeah. so there's. .. well, there's people in our town that had come out and gone to the church and found... you know, they've consulted with the church. and that's the thing with conversion therapy — it takes on many different iterations and a lot of different labels and it can be as simple as therapy. it's as simple as consulting with your church. i know we're throwing a lot at you. how are you feeling? chloe has been acting in hollywood since she was five. she starred in big blockbusters like kick ass, but took some time out recently to find herself. try and reconfigure and kind
of realise who i am as a young woman and what i want to do with my platform. and the content i'm putting out isn'tjust entertainment but is also some form of activism and social justice. so this film was really the one that ticked all the boxes. already winning awards, chloe is hoping this film brings insight to a controversial practice. gallacher so it worked for you, then? that is almost it from us. newsnight is coming up on bbc two, here's evan. trump in trouble, a lot of it will come down to politics and whether the republican party will stand by him. we will speak to a republican